Book Review – Modern Love by Beau North (with giveaway)

Modern Love by Beau North | Blushing GeekModern Love by Beau North
Expected Publication: July 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
193 pages
Format: eARC
Source: Free from the author
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon
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“Love at first sight wasn’t meant for millennials,” thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy–tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn’t an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don’t-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he’s excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue–from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn’t a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.


After reading Kelly Oram’s Happily Ever After, I expected that it will take a lot of convincing for the next romance story that I am going to read. But surprise, surprise! Modern Love just instantly won me over as early as its first chapter. It’s just amazing when an unsuspecting book surprises you, isn’t it?


This was my first time reading a story from Beau North so I don’t have any idea what to expect. And the moment I read the first page, I instantly know that I’m going to love her book. I love her writing style. It reminds me of what writing styles I usually like. I don’t really know how to say or describe what that writing style is, I just know it when I read one. The way she weaves the story, the words used, everything.


Modern Love is a short story that you can read in just one sitting. It started with Allie’s POV and every chapter she’s exchanging POV with Will. Well, it was until he skipped his turn once or twice. I also find it cute when his chapter is only one or two sentences long lol. I dunno, I just find it quite adorable haha.


The story’s plot wasn’t new to me so I can’t help but give a two thumbs up to the author for still being able to successfully caught my attention. The scenes between the main characters were so romantic that I can’t help but grin like an idiot. Allie and Will’s story didn’t started in the right footing so they’re like cat and dog in the first few chapters and been bad mouthing each other, especially Allie to Will lol. I’m always up for love and hate romance and I enjoy reading how they tear up each other and Modern Love didn’t disappoint me at all. It was even quite of funny especially on the part where Will heard what Allie’s been thinking about him. Man! That was embarrassing, and I’m really impressed with Allie at that time, haha. She didn’t ran away like what I expected her to do, because if I was in her shoes, I’m already running with my tail between my legs lol.


The thing that kept me from giving this story a perfect 5-star rating was because of how the main characters handled the conflict, well, I was particularly annoyed to Will. I’m just not ok with how he handled himself after witnessing Allie kissing back her ex. Yep, sorry for dropping that spoiler on you, don’t worry, that’ll be the last. (I hope?) But thinking about it, I guess  it’s natural though? I just, like duh? Why can’t they just talk it over ya know? And not rush into things and do something worse. Well, at least he learned his lesson. It was just stupid. Well, we all have that moment when we do stupid things and Will just had his. And besides, Allie’s description of him and how he affected her is just too much and I’m really affected haha. So eventually, my annoyance with him faded to memory, well, not totally but I can cope with that. *wink


What I also love about this story is that it didn’t just focus about love but also talks about other important factors like family and recovery from the past. I specifically love the part where Allie finally acknowledge her stepmother and called her mom. That’s just too touching.


What can I say about the character? Well, I don’t have anything bad to say about Allie. All she did and what she felt was justifiable. I do have my own share of girl crushes and some other things and with the year we are in, that’s totally normal to some. I also love that after what she experienced before, she was able to conquer it with the help of her family especially to her sister Emma. I could kill to have someone like her as a big sister for sure.


Should I still talk about Will? Haha. Well, in the start of this story, he was introduced as this hot guy who can pass as an underwear model and is totally perfect, like spotless perfect. I’m used to heroes like that, but what I’m not use to is that he’s a silent type. Well, not totally, but kind of. When I learn more about his life, about his feelings and his relationship with his family, I was surprised. You will never anticipate that with a handsome face like that can have some problem fitting in. I’m still not cool with what he did when the conflict came up, but atleast he was able to redeem himself back and I guess that was enough.


So far, the only thing I didn’t like about this story was what Will did, but it wasn’t enough to tear your hair off ofcourse. It’s just a mild stupidity in his part. *wink. Thanks to the author for letting me read and review this amazing story.


If you want a good romance story with some wit, then Modern Love by Beau North would sure be perfect for you. You can win your own advance copy plus $10 Amazon giftcard by joining the rafflecopter giveaway below.

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About Beau North

Beau North author of Modern Love | Blushing Geek

Beau North hails from the kudzu-strangled wilderness of South Carolina but now hangs her hat in Portland, Oregon. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen On-Screen.

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